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Shocking photography of Chinese pollution
Photographer Lu Guang captured the grim reality of polluted life in an amazing photo collection simply titled 'Pollution in China'.
Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 03:47 PM
The oldest is 9, not going to school. The youngest is less than 2 years old. They lived in severely polluted area. They hands and faces were always dirty. April 10, 2005 | Photo: Lu Guang
The environmental situation in China
is as complicated as the giant country itself. On one hand, the government has been more vocal over the last few years about the need for environmental protection and has invested in large green building
and infrastructure projects. China is engaging in negotiations with the U.S. and other nations ahead of the climate change conference in Copenhagen in December.
On the other hand, or I should say, on the other 1,000 hands, China remains one of the most polluted places on the planet. China's largest cities are perpetually choked in smog caused by countless barely regulated factories and dirty power and chemical plants. They lose hundreds of square miles of land to the encroaching Gobi Desert every year and have all but killed the Yellow River through pollution and diversion. Untold numbers of Chinese citizens die or contract serious illnesses and disease because of the dirty air, water and soil.
It's hard to really understand the polluted hell that some places in China have become by just reading words. Next to actually going there, photography and video offer the next best way to know how bad it is.
ChinaHush has a hell of a photo gallery
showing the scale of the pollution problem in China. It's heartbreaking. The photos were taken by Chinese photography Lu Guang (卢广), who won the $30,000 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography for his collection titled "Pollution in China."
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